In a tournament for the ages, Sweden's Team Alliance has won the Dota 2 International 3 championship and the $1.4 million grand prize that comes with it. It was an exhausting five days with teams from across the world battling for a $2.8 million prize pool. Many teams went home empty handed, but for Team Alliance they stand atop the podium as the best Dota team in the world.
In one of the best and closest best-of-fives I've ever watched in eSports, Team Alliance and team Na'Vi pushed it all the way to the final, fifth match. Ultimately it was decided by a base race the likes of which possibly melted so many faces that many will never recover. It was so close I'm still not sure if I've caught my breath. The deciding play resulted in Na'Vi taking a set of barracks in trade for two, preventing them from making any further significant invasions or pushes. One bad decision cost over $1 million.
Dota 2 is on of the largest online multiplayer games out there and is entirely free to play. Unfortunately, despite officially launching, there's still a rather lengthy queue of people requesting access to the game and there's no other way in now. Still, just watch a few of the matches from this year's The International and the wait will be entirely worth it.